Life is Better With Ethics

This occasional podcast series previews upcoming events in the center's programming, highlights ethics-related activities around campus and the wider community, and initiates conversations about timely topics with an ethical dimension.

Latest Episodes


Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University, joined host Ashley Atkins, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and an Ethics Center Affiliate, on February 26, 2024. They talked about arguments for and against prison abolition and prison reform, the topic of Dr. Shelby's book "The Idea of Prison Abolition" as well as a talk he did for the Ethics Center in Fall 2023. Produced and edited by Daniel Kosacz.

Between Violence and Resistance

This episode is a recording of the 2023 Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture on October 26, 2023. Edgar Franco-Vivanco presented his talk, “Between Violence and Resistance: The Challenges of Latin America in the 21st Century,”, where he examines the role of colonialism and US foreign policy in shaping violence in Latin America.


Decolonizing Digital Hegemonies

Lusike Mukhongo, associate professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, joins host and ethics center intern, Olivia Munoz, on November 3, 2023, to discuss her upcoming talk on the decolonization of digital hegemonies. Produced and edited by Daniel Kosacz.


Learning ethics abroad

Sandra Borden, director of Western Michigan University's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, and Fritz Allhoff, professor in the Department of Philosophy and member of the Center's Advisory Board, joined host Alec Koppers on April 4, 2023, to discuss the benefits of studying ethics abroad. Borden spearheads a media ethics study abroad program in London, England. Allhoff runs an Arctic Security class in Iceland. For more information, visit Broncos Abroad.

Climate Change and Moral Responsibility

Jonathan Milgrim, faculty specialist in the Department of Philosophy, and Alec Koppers, a second-year master's student in the same department, joined Madelyn Wallace, the intern for Western Michigan University's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, on February 24, 2023. They talked about their upcoming talks on climate change, including the role ethics plays when it comes to nature and global issues more broadly. Produced and edited by McGwire HIdden.

Why should we care about conspiracy theories?

Thomas Stelzl, a lecturer in history education and American studies at the University of Passau in Germany, was at Western in Fall 2022 on a faculty exchange and gave a talk for the Ethics Center about conspiracy theories in Germany and the U.S. He rejoined Sandra L. Borden, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, on January 26, 2023, to discuss conspiracy theories. What constitutes a conspiracy theory? How do they happen? How do we talk about them? And what can an international analysis offer to our understanding of them? Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

Ethics Bowl and Public Affairs

In Fall 2022, Western Michigan University designed a course around the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition. Students read moral philosophy revolving around public affairs and Ethics Bowl. Alec Koppers, who taught the class and coached the team, had a conversation on December 7, 2022, with three of the students who represented WMU in the competition: Emma Earl, Maureen Heuting and Marty Podvoll. Listen in as these students describe their experiences--with some saying that they became more independent people and others saying that they were just happy to re-examine their deeply held beliefs. Intro by Ellinor Tibbs. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

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